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t is hard to believe that this is my last issue of ASRA News as
Editor. Three years really does go by faster than you think. During
my term as Editor, I have been blessed with great teams of ASRA
members like yourselves who have volunteered their time and
energy to serve on the ASRA newsletter committee. In particular, I
want to extend the biggest THANK YOU to my Associate Editors (the
"Leads"): Dr. Steve Orebaugh for regional anesthesiology and Drs.
Dave Provenzano and Vorenkamp for pain medicine. I have also had
the opportunity to work with the publishing staff at the American
Society of Anesthesiologists, the Martin Group, and now Allen Press.
We have even given ASRA News a completely new look with the
help of our branding experts at Kenes, and this issue marks our
first time using an exclusively electronic e-reader format. Through
the hard work and collaboration between our volunteer physicians
and publishers, we have been able to put together an incredibly
high quality newsletter every quarter.
Despite being deeply involved in every article in every issue for the
last 3 years and serving on the committee in some form or another
since 2008, I still always look forward to receiving and reading my
issue of ASRA News. At the meetings, I swear I get more comments
from members about articles or my editorials in ASRA News than I
do about any of my research papers (or even all of them combined).
Although being Editor has been a lot of work, it has had its rewards. To
paraphrase Dr. Colin McCartney, who preceded me as Editor, putting
together each issue of ASRA News is a labor of love; it is a creative
outlet and a form of media that welcomes well-written articles that
may not fit in traditional peer-reviewed journals (eg, the "How I Do It"
and "Pro/Con"). I have learned so much through this role-more than
I ever imagined. As a self-described regional anesthesiologist and
acute pain medicine physician, I have read with interest the articles
on chronic pain syndromes, interventional therapies, and pain practice
submitted to ASRA News. Other articles by our ASRA leadership have
kept me up to date on the many changes that have taken place within
the Society "behind the scenes" in the past 3 years. Brilliant articles
by our Resident Section Committee members have given me faith
that the next generation of regional anesthesiology and pain medicine
specialists will be committed to fulfilling ASRA's mission.
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
and Critical Care at the University of
Pennsylvania and the Director of the
Orthopedic Anesthesia Section there.
He has been involved in several
committees in the American Society
of Anesthesiologists-including the
annual meeting education track
subcommittee for regional anesthesia
and acute pain medicine-and
he has been an ASRA member for
many years. He has served on the
Edward R. Mariano, MD, MAS
newsletter committee for the past
Editor, ASRA News
year and, in his "free" time, managed
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to co-edit a fantastic Anesthesiology
Clinics issue focused on orthopedic
anesthesia with me (but really he did
all the hard work). I know Nabil will bring new energy and vision to
ASRA News as Editor, and I will look forward to reading every issue.
I have packed this issue with as much high quality original content as
I could manage, and we feature the upcoming 40th Annual Regional
Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting to be held May
14-16, 2015, in Las Vegas. Reading the preview articles by Drs. Sites
and Doshi has already gotten me excited! The educational program
looks outstanding and continues to evolve year to year. However, the
40th anniversary events really stand to make this the best meeting
yet. I look forward to hearing from ASRA's founding fathers, learning
new things at the sessions, meeting new ASRA members, listening to
Big Apple Blues live, and catching up with old friends.
As I wrap up my final editorial, I am very happy to welcome Dr.
Nabil Elkassabany, who will be taking over for me. Nabil is an
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine February 2015
In Memoriam : Alon Palm Winnie, M.D., ASRA Founding Father
40th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting
Resident and Fellow Events at the 2015 Spring Meeting
How We Do It: Managing an Acute and Perioperative Pain Medicine (APPM) Service at the University of Florida
Ketamine—an Old Drug with New Tricks
Optimal Postcesarean Delivery Pain Management
Palliative Care and Pain Medicine—Beyond Intrathecal Pumps and Opioids
Scientist Spotlight—Dr. Guy Weinberg, Trailblazer in Patient Safety
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine February 2015